Missing Teen’s ‘Murder’ Shocks Budgam

Srinagar: A teenage boy missing for the last five days in central Kashmir’s Budgam district was found dead in an orchard on Tuesday, sending shock waves in his native village Soibugh.

13-year-old Shahid Farooq Malik of Soibugh, Budgam was found dead in an orchard at Daharmuna village on Tuesday morning with visible torture marks around his neck, reports said. The teen’s body was spotted by the villagers, who instantly informed the police about the shocking discovery.

A seventh standard student, Shahid had gone missing on February 3 from his native village. His family filed a missing complaint with police station Soibugh after the teenager failed to return home.

In a statement issued here, a police spokesperson said that on February 5, a complaint was received from Farooq Ahmad Malik that his teenage son has not returned home after venturing out to buy grocery.

“On receiving this report, a FIR was registered and search was begun. However today morning, locals informed police that the body of the missing child is lying in orchards of village pymus,” he said.

He further said that a police party reached the spot and took the body into custody.

“Medico- legal investigation has been started into the matter,” he added.

As per the officials, the body of the teenager was handed over to the family for last rites after completion of legal-medico formalities.

Meanwhile, the family members of the minor have alleged a murder and demanded a thorough investigation to bring culprits to the book.

“It’s a cold blooded murder. He was hanged to death. We searched the spot thrice in these six days where the body was found today,” a close relative said.

“He has been murdered last night only. What animosity would a 12-year-old have with anyone? We demand a transparent probe so that his killers are caught and punished,” he added.

Meanwhile, a pall of gloom descended on the entire Soibugh area when the minor’s body was brought home for funeral. Heart wrenching scenes were witnessed as the women were seen weeping and beating their chests in mourning.

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